These are some of our favorite Frank Zappa Lots
we've sold over the years. And some you can bid on.
Available in our Played, Worn, & Torn: Rock ‘N’ Roll
Iconic Guitars And Memorabilia Sale.
Let’s journey back to Pasadena, California, in 1979. The rockstar wannabe, Rick Springfield is taking a stained-glass course in the hopes he’ll have something to secure his future, in case music doesn’t pan out. This is where he first lays eyes on the stunning woman who would later inspire his 1981 breakthrough single, “Jessie’s Girl” – except this woman’s boyfriend isn’t named Jessie …it’s Gary.
Without getting into a laundry list of reasons why “Gary’s Girl” would’ve made a less desirable title, suffice it to say Springfield made the right choice in changing the name to Jessie. The song went on to become a number-1 hit in 1981 and earned Springfield a Grammy for “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.”
In the late 2000s Oprah Winfrey and her team went looking for the real Jessie’s Girl. They managed to track down the art class but, in the end, had no luck in finding her. The fate and whereabouts of Gary and his girlfriend may not be known, but the song still remains a classic 80s tune – the soundtrack to countless first kisses and air guitar solos, from a time when guitar driven power-pop ruled the music charts.
Julien’s Auctions will be offering up a sweat memento of this classic track in the form of a Fender acoustic guitar adorned with lyrics to "Jessie's Girl," hand-written and signed by Rick Springfield himself. The guitar is being offered as part of our Music Health Alliance auction this November 14th.
In the Los Angeles hip-hop and alternative music scene, few have served as a quintessential voice of their generation more than rapper Nipsey Hussle.
Born Ermias Joseph Asghedom on August 15, 1985, the life and times of Hussle as an emcee, entrepreneur, father, and community activist were awe-inspiring to millions of fans.
Sadly, the Victory Lap, Grammy-winner – who was tragically murdered at his Marathon retail store in 2019 at the age of 33 – wouldn’t live to see the positive impact his words and actions continue to have on the world. Thankfully, gifted artists like Brock Seals were inspired to pay tribute to Hussle while he was still living. The multi-faceted St. Louis artist, designer, musician, and painter gifted one of his own exclusive artworks to Hussle in 2018 – prior to Hussle’s death – and Julien’s Auctions is now offering you the opportunity to own that exact piece, hand-signed by Seals.
This one-of-a-kind acrylic on canvas portrait of Hussle is being offered at auction in our upcoming Played, Worn, & Torn: Rock ‘N’ Roll Iconic Guitars and Memorabilia sale – and features some familiar and inspiring words made famous by the “Hussle & Motivate” orator.
Hollywood’s obsession with adaptations has never failed to gain a strong reaction from the public (whether that be excitement or outrage). While most versions flop, some seem to get more popular with time, as is the case with the heartbreaking musical story told in A Star is Born.
Since its original release in 1937 (starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March), A Star is Born has been remade a total of three times: in 1954 (starring Judy Garland and James Mason), in 1976 (starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson), and in 2018 (starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper).
In each film, the general premise, originally created from a story by William A. Wellman, Robert Carson, Dorothy Parker, and Alan Campbell, follows a young woman with dreams of fame, who ends up achieving them with the help of an alcoholic star whose glory days are behind him. And with each film, it seems the accolades grow and the heart of the story continues to be just as relatable.
The latest adaptation has proved the most successful to date, earning Gaga an Academy Award, Grammy Award, BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe Award, all in the same year (the first woman to do so). And the film’s original single “Shallow” is now recognized as one of the best-selling singles of all time.
Offered in Julien’s upcoming Music auction, “Played, Worn & Torn,” is an Adriana Sahar brand black and pink houndstooth dress with matching gloves, worn by Lady Gaga while receiving the RIAA 6x "PLATINUM" award for A Star Is Born (Warner Bros., 2018), which features the single “Shallow.”
The song, “Jolene,” recorded by Dolly Parton in October of 1973 was reportedly inspired by a young woman who worked at the same local bank as Parton’s new husband, Carl Dean …and was caught flirting with him. Parton was worried Jolene would steal her husband, so she wrote a song about it, imploring Jolene not to take her man away. The record went on to become Parton’s second number-one solo single on the Country charts, and would later become the track of hers most covered by other artists – including a version by The White Stripes, voted by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the greatest cover songs of all time.
Fast forward to 2021 and Jolene still can’t keep her hands to herself, only this time we hear she may end up getting what she wants without any trouble. The Country music group, Chapel Hart, wrote and recorded a follow up song in response to Parton’s 1973 single – but with a humorous twist. The track is called, “You Can Have Him Jolene,” and in it the protagonist gladly lets Jolene take her man, knowing he’s not worth the trouble of keeping around.
The track gained national attention, becoming a big hit when the group performed it last year on America’s Got Talent. The song later debuted on the Billboard digital sales charts at number eight, with over 3,000 sales, before rising to the number four spot a week later. Parton loved the song, considering it a “fun new take” on her original version.